Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Brake system issues due to emergency brake driving

asked by on

My brake pads are slightly past needing to be changed. The rear brakes were very bad by the time they attempted to replace them. Once they removed the rear brake parts they realized they had 2 sets of front brakes but no rear parts. He put the old parts back on, until morning. A few hours later my daughter woke sick I had to rush to urgent care! On our way I noticed the van was struggling to move, and having alot of strange issues. I called and was told the calipers may not be set 100% but it would be ok being it was only 5 miles of driving. Upon leaving the urgent care the car would not move in drive at all. I had to push the gas and force it back into the spot so I wasn't stuck in the middle of the road. However it was not an easy task. In the end it sounded so loud I gave up then after getting home they called and I found they left the emergency brake on? I haven't attempted to move it, but it did leak something maybe!! Will I need more than the pads, what else may I need now?

My car has 104000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hi there. As a single parent, I can underst...

Hi there. As a single parent, I can understand the frustration that comes with a mechanical problem and a sick child. Here are a few facts for you to consider in regards to your Honda Odyssey. When the emergency brake is left on, it typically causes excessive wear to the rear brake pads, and might cause the rear rotor to warp. Since you’re needing to have the front and rear brake pads replaced anyways, it’s a good idea to have the rotors replaced as well; especially with over 100,000 miles on the vehicle. If you’d prefer, one of our local mechanics can complete this service for you by replacing the brake pads and rotors on your Honda on your time schedule. During this service, they can inspect your vehicle to determine if any other issues exist.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Steering wheels move to the right when applied the brake.

Causes of brake pull include worn or warped rotors, a stuck caliper, a collapsed brake hose, worn suspension parts and uneven tire inflation. Vibration on braking is typically due to excessive thickness variation in the brake rotor, pad defects, or...

Q: Dome lights and courtesy lights in back seat will not turn on.

Hi there. When multiple objects in a car will not work that are electrical, then there is a loose or broken ground wire to the circuits. Check all of the wiring in the cab to see what could be loose...

Q: Clicking sound when turning over.

Hi There, Generally a clicking sound when turning the key indicates a weak battery or a faulty starter solenoid. I would suggest double checking the power to the battery. Even new batteries purchased right off the shelf can at times...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...